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Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh waves a Palestinian flag from the Mavi Marmara ship he visited in Istanbul on Jan. 2, 2012. The ship was the target of a deadly raid by Israeli troops seeking to prevent an aid flotilla from reaching the Palestinian territory. (Associated Press)

Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh waves a Palestinian flag from the Mavi Marmara ship he visited in Istanbul on Jan. 2, 2012. The ship was the target of a deadly raid by Israeli troops seeking to prevent an aid flotilla from reaching the Palestinian territory. (Associated Press)

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